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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Recovering Resources, Transforming Water

Strategic Plan
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MWRD Strategic Plan 2021 – 2025

The MWRD's 2021 – 2025 Strategic Plan was developed by a multi-functional team of MWRD personnel and outside consultants to identify the strategic goals, strategies, and initiatives for the next five years.


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Recent News Releases

July 16, 2024

The installation is one of the MWRD’s largest Green Infrastructure Partnership Program projects, converting six asphalt lots into permeable pavement, covering 71,000 square feet, designed to capture up to 539,000 gallons of water each time it rains.

July 12, 2024

The Village of North Riverside will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with project partners from the MWRD to announce the completion of six unique and resilient parking lots designed to mitigate flooding.

July 10, 2024

The new dashboard enhances user experience with updated data and visuals to track MWRD progress across the Strategic Plan’s five goals.

July 9, 2024

The Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), Amman Committee, a division of World Business Chicago (WBC), recently joined the MWRD in hosting a delegation from Jordan’s capital city to discuss water resilience and sustainable practices.


The 600-acre-foot Addison Creek Reservoir will hold 195 million gallons of storage capacity and connect with the Addison Creek Channel to protect the communities from overbank flooding.

The MWRD’s Robbins Heritage Park and Midlothian Creek Restoration Project will help address overbank flooding through a new stormwater park and pond, along with improvements to Midlothian Creek and an overflow channel that connects to the Cal-Sag Channel.

The MWRD worked with the village of Mount Prospect to transform two beautiful park spaces that can now accommodate more stormwater and protect the community from flooding, while also giving the residents a place to gather and play.

The Tunnel and Reservoir Plan is a system of deep, large diameter tunnels and vast reservoir designed to reduce flooding, improve water quality in Chicago area waterways and protect Lake Michigan from pollution caused by sewer overflows.

Calendar of Events



Little Calumet River Watershed Planning Council Meeting

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Thursday, July 18, 2024



Monitoring and Research Seminar

10:30am - 11:30am
Friday, July 26, 2024



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